CONTRACTOR and Contracting Business magazines present Comfortech 365, a free online and educational forum geared for business owners and contractors in the hydronics, plumbing and HVACR industries, March 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. With four webcast presentations from key mechanical contracting experts, this unique online environment will sharpen your business skills, streamline your operations and keep your business competitive. To learn more and register for the event go to:

Webcasts will cover the Affordable Care Act and how it is affecting contracting firms; the best mobile apps that can streamline your business and make it even more efficient than what it currently is; tips and strategies for service managers to be more successful; and how contracting companies can get the most out of social media.

Here is a sampling of some of the webcast presentations you can attend: Affordable Care Act, and Its Impact on Your Business, presented by Melanie Gentry, will cover the potential impacts of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" on your company and employees. She will discuss employee requirements and potential fines, fees and taxes, including family requirements and coverage options should you decide not to provide health care benefits. In addition, Melanie will address how employers are expected to provide proof of coverage to the IRS (reporting requirements tied to W-2 forms), as well as who is responsible for data collection. This session will highlight how the health care "marketplaces" (previously known as exchanges) are working, what the differences are between State versus Federal-run marketplaces, and what your company may need to do to stay compliant with the law… Whether or not you offer coverage to your employees!

The Green Path for the Service Professional will be presented by John Smith and will help you take the first step to environmental awareness! If you are an owner or manager of a plumbing or HVAC contracting company, is your company a champion of the environment? John Smith, “The Arizona Green Plumber,” will show you the benefits of implementing sustainability in your business and how you can showcase your servicemen as informed, dependable heroes in the community by following his steps down the green path. You will learn how to evaluate your business and your employees, how this all affects the environment, and what steps you can take to make your business a more successful and sustainable contributor in the community.  

To learn more about the event, its webcasts and to register go to: